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Alan M. Kozarsky MD

Senior FAA Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) - HIMS Qualified
1st, 2nd, 3rd Class FAA and BasicMed Medical Examinations
Atlanta and Cartersville Office Locations
Eye Surgeon - LASIK, Cataract, Corneal Transplant
Pilot - ATP, ME, Instrument, Helicopter, MU-2 SFAR, Tailwheel




To Make an Appointment:

1.  Register / Login at MedXPress on FAA.gov website and complete FAA form 8500-8 online (Not required if BasicMed)

2.  ATLANTA 1st and 2nd Class FAA OFFICE APPOINTMENTS:     SELECT YOUR ATLANTA OFFICE APPOINTMENT

3.  ATLANTA  3rd Class and BasicMed OFFICE APPOINTMENTS:  SELECT YOUR ATLANTA 3RD CLASS OR BASICMED APPOINTMENT

4.  CARTERSVILLE (1st, 2nd, 3rd and BasicMed) OFFICE appointments, SELECT YOUR CARTERSVILLE OFFICE APPOINTMENT  
(female pilots for Cartersville appts, please bring a female companion, often no other chaperone available)
 
FAQ's      
  *  In general, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday appointments are at the Atlanta office.  Most Friday afternoon exams are performed at the Cartersville Airport Office

  *  Atlanta area traffic is getting worse every day, its wise to TRIPLE your estimated travel time just to be on the safe side.

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Happy to discuss medical issues or arrange special appointments.  Just text or email.  

  *  Hold off on visiting the restroom for an hour or so before your appointment - a urine sample is required during your visit

  *  Feel free to email me a "preview" copy of your MedXpress FAA 8500-8 application (or AOPA Turbo Medical) especially if your medical situation is "complex". Once I download your Medxpress application, the 14 day clock starts signaling when I must submit and defer issuance to FAA.  Let's resolve all questions BEFORE opening the application.

  *  If you are on a special issuance or if you have a recent correspondence with the FAA, please bring all FAA paperwork with you.  Better yet, scan and email to me before appt.

  *  Treat any special issuance as a checklist, accomplish all requirements and you will be be certified.  Miss any of the requirements and you will not receive a medical certificate. 

  *  If you have treated high blood pressure or are medically certified via special issuance requiring physician status reports or medical testing, please obtain report or testing BEFORE your exam and bring all reports with you. If you take thyroid hormone replacement medication, please make sure to have results of recent TSH testing.
 
   * See the hypertension (high blood pressure) reporting form below.  If you take meds for high blood pressure, please print and bring form to treating doctor to complete.  Bring to your appt.

   * BasicMed certification - as an AME and pilot I am more familiar with the aeromedical environment than a non-AME physician.  My signing a BasicMed certificate will be based on very similar criteria to the FAA's in determining whether you could hold a normal or special issuance 3rd class medical certificate.  The difference is the frequency of medical exams (4 years with BasicMed) and that with BasicMed, I am solely responsible for the decision, not the FAA.  If you have a significant medical history eg. heart, neurological or psychological issue, please bring status information from a treating doctor.  The vast majority of pilots do not do their homework prior to coming for their BasicMed exam.  Please go to BasicMed and carefully follow the checklist.  This will result in your printing and bringing the medical application for your visit. 

   * DO NOT FLY - FAA's list of prohibited medications.  Be smart, do a Google search for "FAA and Medical and _______" regarding any medication which your doctor may consider prescribing.  FAA will not permit use of any new medications that have not benefited from a few years of clinical experience.  i.e. Brand spanking new, just approved and released meds are generally not permitted for pilots.

   * DUI, DUI, DUI - This pertains to a DUI which has occurred since your previous FAA medical exam.  For old DUI and application questions 18v. and 18w, remember that any DUI or conviction anytime, even if fully reported to FAA with many subsequent medical certificates, must be checked "YES" forever.  DUI is an understandable "Hot Button" issue for FAA.  If you already hold an FAA medical certificate, you know that the FAA Security Division must be notified within 60 days of anything that is, sounds or smells like a new DUI - there are all permutations on the exactly what constitutes a reportable DUI but rest assured the database search by FAA after transmission of your medical exam will surely find any alcohol or substance enforcement action regardless of its legal outcome.  Failure to disclose is just as big a deal as the DUI itself.  FAA is not interested in how good your lawyer is, they are interested in whether your incident is indicative of a more serious abuse or dependence issue.  To this end, if you want me to consider issuance of your medical certificate at the time of your exam, after a recent DUI, please bring 1. Arrest record including documentation of actual BAC - alcohol level  2. Court records 3. Ten year state driving record in all states that your were licensed 4. Personal statement concerning your use of alcohol/substance prior to the incident, your rendition of the offense itself, what you have learned, and why it can never happen again.  Suffice it to say if your alcohol level was 0.15 or above, this was not your first offense, or that you refused alcohol testing....a decision about your medical status must be deferred to FAA and a certificate cannot be issued at the time of your exam.  Please see:  DUI Info Required by FAA 


ATLANTA OFFICE ONLINE SCHEDULING 1ST AND 2ND CLASS ONLY

ATLANTA OFFICE ONLINE SCHEDULING 3RD CLASS AND BASICMED

CARTERSVILLE OFFICE ONLINE SCHEDULING (ALL CLASSES AND BASICMED) 
(female pilots for Cartersville appts, please bring a female companion, often no other chaperone available)
 

Exam Fees

    FAA Medical Exam - Any Class                                  $115

    BasicMed Evaluation                                                   $205

    EKG (If Required by FAA)                                          $60     

    Special Issuance (Existing)                                           $60

    Coordination with pilot's treating doctors                     $75

    Medical Consultation/Coordination with FAA             $75

    After Hours (additional)                                                $75

    Ophthalmology Consultation                                        $225

    Alcohol, Anti-Depressant, HIMS Consultation            $250

    Initial Application for Special Issuance (non-HIMS)   $500

    HIMS Retainer, Evaluation, and Initial Submission     $2600

    HIMS Follow Up - Six Month Intervals                       $500
 

OFFICE LOCATIONS - Exams by Appointment only

ATLANTA - I75 and West Paces area - Weekdays
3193 Howell Mill Road NW
Suite 115
Atlanta, GA 30327

CARTERSVILLE - Most Saturday's
Cartersville Airport (KVPC)
119 Dallas Highway SW
Cartersville GA 30120
Check in at Phoenix Air FBO


QUALIFICATIONS

*FAA Designated Senior Aviation Medical Examiner
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Ophthalmology Consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon
*HIMS Qualified as Medical Sponsor for Pilots with Alcohol and Substance Abuse issues
*HIMS Qualified as Medical Sponsor for Pilots being treated for Depression
*Atlanta Magazine and US News and World Report - "Top Doc"
*Best Doctors in America - 2018 and many previous years
*TBS Pathfinder Award - watch Pathfinder Video
*40 Years Medical Experience
*46 Years Aviation Experience
*Board Certified - American Board of Ophthalmology
*LASIK, Cataract, and Corneal Transplant Surgeon - (Certified Catalys, IntraLase, VISX, Allegretto,  FS200 Vision Correction LASERS)
*Pilot Ratings - ATP, Multi-Engine, MU-2 SFAR, Instrument, Rotorcraft-Helicopter - watch MU-2 Training Video

Hypertension Reporting Information (For pilots on medications for elevated blood pressure.  Required annually for 1st and 2nd class, at time of renewal for 3rd class)

Download and Print Hypertension (Blood Pressure) Status Report Form


CONTACT
voice and TEXT: 404.357.2020

email:
Dr. Alan Kozarsky

www.piedmontbettervision.com
FAX: 404.350.1429